Meredith Radford

News Reporter

Meredith Radford is a News Reporter for Public Radio East. She studied at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Meredith is excited to cover the area and contribute to the community. When not out reporting, she enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking as well as baking.

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Food insecurity is an ongoing problem in eastern North Carolina. But the pandemic and rising food prices have made it especially hard for some local families to put food on the table. PRE’s Jared Brumbaugh and Meredith Radford have more on how communities across the region are affected by food insecurity and ways organizations are helping those in need.

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The UNC Board of Governors on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a joint operating agreement between Vidant Health and East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine.  The two organizations will form a shared brand: ECU Health, which will launch January 1st.  According to a news release, the clinical integration will allow Vidant and Brody to more efficiently and effectively address health disparities and care delivery obstacles facing the region.

City of Greenville

Greenville launched a free transportation system for their Uptown District that is set to begin Thursday. The Emerald Express trolley will make 13 stops throughout the center city and will run from 12 noon to 8 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday. The trolley will run on a loop that begins and ends at the G.K. Butterfield Transportation Center. According to a news release, signs have been placed at each stop along the route, and the trolley will arrive approximately every 20 minutes.


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CarolinaEast Medical Center reinstated visitor restrictions today, citing the growing spread of COVID-19 in the community and an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations at their facility. These heightened restrictions come after CarolinaEast relaxed their visitation rules in mid-July. PRE’s Meredith Radford has more on the hospital’s capacity and staffing concerns as the Delta variant surges. 


Onslow County reported Monday two new deaths attributed to COVID-19. 169 people have died due to the virus in the county since the pandemic began.  Since August 9th, Onslow has had over 1,200 new COVID-19 cases. The county’s positive test rate has reached over 15% while the state’s positive test rate is at about 13%.  In a news release, Onslow health officials say that the spike in cases is mostly among the unvaccinated, but that everyone should take precautions to protect their health, including getting vaccinated.